Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The most popular lakes of NCR have disappeared. The 2 billion year old water bodies of the Aravallis – Surajkund, Badkhal and Damdama, have all dried up. This film looks at the nexus between the corrupt bureaucracy with the construction and the mining mafia. With exclusive bytes from Retired Forest officers, Environmentalists and Scientists, we piece together the whole story behind the current mess. This film opens with a few short interviews, which talk about what led to the disappearance of the lakes due to illegal & irresponsible mining and construction of farm houses in the notified forest area of the Aravallis. We talk to experts on the principle of sustainable mining and through their comments, the land-mafia-ad
The UK Environment Film Fellowships have been awarded every year since 2005 to Indian environmental filmmakers, to create 12 minute impactful documentaries. Till date, 20 filmmakers have been awarded with these fellowships. Every year, a theme is decided and filmmakers are encouraged to submit proposals for films which depict originality in research work in terms of topical relevance to the theme. Filmmakers identify and team-up with subject experts/ professionals/ institutions and work closely with them during the making of the film to ensure a well-researched and high quality film. The purpose of UKEFF is to build capacity and encourage the environment filmmakers’ community in India. The films made by these filmmakers are important communication tools that drive awareness and a
Recent rains in Delhi have brought the kadamba tree in full blossom. This tree is one of the trees depicted in the carvings of the Ajanta Caves. An apsara is shown holding on the branch of the kadamba tree in full blossom. As many of you may already know that an apsara is considered an ideal of beauty, a perfect woman. She is holding on to the perfect tree. The tree is perfect for its beauty. It always grows erect. The branches are perfectly parallel to the ground and grow in perfect cemetery around the stem. The smaller branches too grow symmetrically to the main branch and perfectly symmetrical to each other. The leaves that grow on these branches are perfectly symmetrical even the veins on the leaves are equidistant and parallel to each other. The tree thus casts a perfectly circula
An earlier blog talked about exotic species of trees that have been planted in Delhi as a result of planned actions by British. Subsequently trees planted by MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) on minor roads are not so well planned. Do these trees have any use in cities? Here is my observation. Delhi as a city has these very interesting weekly phenomenon, like all major cities in India. Every locality has a dedicated day of the week where there is a weekly market held that usually starts around 5 pm and goes on till 8.30 or 9 pm. It usually coincides with the special day dedicated to the local deity to be visited by the local communities. On this day the formal shops selling things are closed and the footpaths and sides of the roads are occupied by the informal traders selling
A tree hangs not knowing where to go (and neither able to): an art piece from the 48c Public.Art.Ecology Festival The summer this year has been unusually--yet predictably--very hot. Hotter than previous Delhi summers in ways more than one: with not just a peak daily hot session but the high heat intensity starting earlier in the day and not giving any real relief until long after dusk. The city has become an ideal case study for the proponents of climate change, and with the monsoon both arriving late and only giving a guest apperance, the impact of global warming has never been so evident to so many. But is there more to the Delhi summer (heat) of 2009? The city is clearly under construction at present: both under and over ground. Delhi Metro, BRT corridor, Games Village, Malls a
Urban based youth-led organizations in developing countries who are working to improve the living conditions of their communities can now apply for financial assistance from UN-HABITAT, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The Opportunities Fund for Urban Youth-Led Development will provide grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to organizations led by young people, aged 15-32 years. "In this time of worldwide economic crisis, it is not only banks and automakers who deserve financial support, we also need to encourage youth who are often best placed to solve problems in their communities," said Ms. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. "The Opportunities Fund is designed to provide financial support of up to one million dollars per year, to youth-led initiativ
Early on a moderately hot March morning, a motley group of individuals assembled outside the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station milling about a DTC bus with a banner that read ‘Urban Ecotours’. Amidst queries from Rickshaw wallahs and the curious stares of passers-by, there seemed to be a palpable sense of excitement just beneath the surface. The Delhi Greens Urban Ecotour of North Delhi was about to begin! The bus made its way across the north of Delhi to the Bhalswa Lake and Landfill complex, which boasts of “water sports for the whole family”; but it was only when we reached that we found that Sundays are not necessarily the best day for family water sport events... But after calling out to the guard through locked gates, the group did finally manage to enter the complex and see the l
The city of Delhi has grown in two ways. The planned part of the city has grown with the help of the DDA. It has supported the city by planning the physical infrastructure first and then the housing residential areas overlaid on it. That means the roads the sewage the electricity and the water supply pipelines were laid out first. The planning also included open spaces like parks and playgrounds. In addition there were plots of land earmarked for institutional areas such as hospitals and schools and colleges etc. Then plots of lands were allocated for housing to be constructed as either independent houses or flats in multi-storied buildings. This is the standard way in which most cities in independent India have grown. This ensures there is someone, residents living in these colonie...
All of you are invited to a Public Talk by Wildlife Biologist Faiyaz A. Khudsar (Park Manager, Yamuna Biodiversity Park) on "Parks and Urban Biodiversity" (with special emphasis on Delhi). The greens need their space, and that is why we gather to discuss the hows and whys. Date: 19th December, 2008 Time: 4 to 5 pm Venue: 20, Barakhamba Road (its just behind the Barakhamba Metro Station), just ask anyone if they have seen a tree hanging from a crane anywhere around. Hosted by: 48c Public.Art.Ecology 20 Barakhamba Road is a structure that failed to turn into a several floored building....and now, refuses to do so. It is the same bunglow that it was..decades ago. Hope you would join us in this task of maintaining the greens of Delhi - green. For further information and f...
0930 hours: The festival goes to Sanskriti School, which has called for "Sanskriti 350" - an eco-clubs unite, called for by the school - to ensure a clean, bright future and to ensure a greater cooperation between schools and students to achieve the same. 1500 - 1600 hours: Pantomine Play by the German School at Jantar Mantar! Meet the Artists at Jantar Mantar! 1700 to 2030: Film Screening at Barakhamba Road. All the spaces invite you to check them out! Most sites are accessible by the Metro. Roshanara Bagh | Kashmere Gate | Chandni Chowk | Ramlila Ground Barakhamba Road | Mandi House | Jantar Mantar | Connaught Place